Human Subjects Protection
All investigators and key personnel who participate in the design, conduct, and/or reporting of human subjects research (including exempt research) and all IRB members and IRB staff must be appropriately trained in the protection of human subjects. The University uses the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) web-based human research courses to satisfy this requirement for faculty, staff, and students involved in human subjects research. Initial and continuing education (every 3 years) are required as explained below.
Training must be completed prior to receiving initial or continuing IRB review of research.
The Basic Human Research Course is required for investigators and key personnel who have not previously completed a CITI human research course. There are two educational tracks for the Basic Human Research Course: Biomedical Research or Social and Behavioral Research. To receive maximal benefit, you should choose the track most closely related to the research in which you are involved. Each track contains up to 16 required modules and several optional modules. Each module may take from 10 to 30 minutes to complete, and most contain a quiz. The modules do not have to be completed all in one login session. A minimum aggregate score of 80% is required to pass the Basic Human Research Course.
If you have not previously completed the Basic Human Research Course, taking a refresher course will not satisfy the training requirement.
Continuing education in human subjects protection is required every three years. The continuing education schedule is as follows:
CITI will automatically choose which course (Refresher Course 1, Refresher Course 2, or Basic Human Research Course) returning users need to take.
Each refresher course takes an average of 2 hours to complete.
Most modules contain a quiz. The modules do not have to be completed all in one login session. A minimum aggregate score of 80% is required to pass the courses. Continuing education courses are available 90 days before expiration.
Transferring CITI Completion from Another Institution
To transfer your completed modules from another institution to The Ohio State University, log on to your previous CITI account and click on the “Affiliate with another institution” link. Choose “Ohio State University” from the drop-down menu. When prompted, choose the Basic Human Research Course, either Biomedical Research or Social and Behavioral Research to match the coursework that you completed previously. Review The Ohio State University module and complete any modules Ohio State requires that your former institution did not. Course completion will be registered electronically with the Office of Responsible Research Practices. To view your course completion history, click on “Modules Completed.”
Course completion for Human Subjects Research will be registered electronically with the Office of Responsible Research Practices. For all courses, to view and print your course completion history, select “Print” under “Completion Report” on the Main Menu.
Print and retain a copy of the completion report for your records.
Continuing Education Credit (CME or CEU)
Continuing education credits for physicians, physician’s assistants, nurses, psychologists and other health care providers may be available through the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Division of Continuing Medical Education. See Continuing Education Credits for CITI Courses for more information.
Questions or Assistance
Ellen Patricia, MS, CIP
Assistant Director, Quality Improvement and Operations
Office of Responsible Research Practices
300 Research Administration Building
1960 Kenny Road
Columbus, OH 43210